Community Members Working Together to Send School Supplies to South Africa
November 20th, 2014 by wptest
By: Robert Reid, YMCA Board Member and Collingwood Rotary Member
On Saturday November 15, over 70 volunteers from the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, local Rotary Clubs, and the Simcoe County District Board of Education joined together to load a container bound for South Africa. Together, we loaded the container full of equipment and supplies to help with the education of elementary and secondary school students in the Mpumalanga District of South Africa.
Here is a list of the supplies we shipped:
- 700 boxes of books (17,500 books in total)
- 240 student desks
- 7 teacher desks
- 7 tables
- 36 book shelves
- 479 student chairs
- 4 pianos
- 9 screens/easels
- 4 chalk boards
- 1 sewing machine
- 130 milk bag mats
- An assortment of sports equipment, primary toys, and school supplies
The books were donated by generous members of the public and by Saunders Books. Equipment and supplies donated by the Simcoe County District Board of Education came from schools that had been closed. These materials were not going to be used for children here in Simcoe County, so rather than sending things to a landfill, everyone was happy to see them go to good use in South Africa instead.
Thank You to All Community Groups & Volunteers
We want to celebrate and to thank all of the volunteers from the Rotaract Club of South Georgian Bay, the Rotary Clubs from Collingwood, Alliston, South Georgian Bay, Innisfil, Barrie Huronia, Grand Bend, Middleburg, South Africa and the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, and finally, the hundreds of people who dropped off books at the YMCA in the last few weeks.
It was a fun day and we are looking forward to sending two more containers in the spring, this time to Sierra Leone. So save your books so you can be part of this, too!
Thanks again to all who made this such a success.